Ashley Balcerzak

Federal Politics Reporter  The Center for Public Integrity

Ashley Balcerzak joined the federal politics team in 2017, her second stint at the Center for Public Integrity after covering state and local politics as an American University Fellow in 2015-2016. She previously wrote about federal money in politics and conflicts of interests for OpenSecrets Blog. Her favorite stories covered foreign lobbying, opaque LLC contributions and how special interests spend their money. She also worked with The Washington Post investigative team on its police shootings database, a project that won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in national reporting. She earned her undergraduate degree in journalism at Northwestern University and her master's at American University. Ashley's work can be found in The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Slate, TIME, The Daily Beast and Huffington Post.

 

Sinclair-related political money goes mostly to Republicans. But Democrats get cash, too

By Ashley Balcerzak

How Democrats use ‘dark money’ — and win elections

By Ashley Balcerzak

​​​​​​​Lesson of 2017: Political campaign season truly never ends

By Ashley Balcerzak and Dave Levinthal

By the numbers: a 2017 money-in-politics index

Watchdog calls for investigation into Wilbur Ross

By Ashley Balcerzak

Liberals and conservatives agree: Ex-congressmen should put brakes on lobbying careers

By Ashley Balcerzak

Mystery money floods Alabama in Senate race's final days

By Ashley Balcerzak

The players who have shaped campaign finance over the decades

By Ashley Balcerzak and John Dunbar

Donald Trump campaign ramps up 2020 re-election fundraising

By Ashley Balcerzak and Dave Levinthal

Statehouses, not Congress, hosting biggest political money fights

By Ashley Balcerzak

Campaign regulation foes targeting state-level restrictions

By Ashley Balcerzak

Super PACs already racing toward 2018 — and 2020

By Ashley Balcerzak and Dave Levinthal

Tight North Carolina governor's race fought by outsiders

By Ashley Balcerzak

States caught in tug of war over whether cops can keep your stuff

By Ashley Balcerzak

Conservative national groups battle in the states over Constitution redo

By Ashley Balcerzak

Where do ads shaping state politics come from? Increasingly, these outside players

By Ashley Balcerzak

Republicans whip Democrats in key state races

By Ashley Balcerzak and Kytja Weir

Redistricting, Obamacare, taxes hang in balance with 2015 state elections

By Ashley Balcerzak and Liz Essley Whyte

Outside groups playing bigger role in 2015 state elections

By Liz Essley Whyte and Ashley Balcerzak